I suspect the images on the Tiwanaku statues are a representation of ‘Ometecuhtli’. Male and female duality combined in 1 statue holding both. Allow me to explain why and what we actualy see here.
“(Aztec; Ome, “duality” and Tecuhtli, “Lord”) The Lord of Duality. This is seen as the Androgynous nature of the Spirit. He is represented as being joined with his spouse Omecihuatl (see entry by that name). Ometecuhtli-Omecihuatl is the Aztec Osiris-Isis, Joseph-Mary, Shiva-Shakti, or Samantabahdra-Samantabahdri. This aspect of the Spirit is seen Kabbalistically within Daath, where divine creativity resides. The conjunction of Ometecuhtli-Omecihuatl is called Ometeotl, the one androgynous spirit.
The dwelling place of Ometeotl is the Omeyocan. The children of Ometecuhtli-Omecihuatl are the four aspects of the Cosmic Christ: Tezcatlipoca, Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl, and Xipetotec. See Omeyocan, Tezcatlipoca.
These might well be the 4 directions.
Wordly conceptual and visual parallels in Greek and Egyptian cultures
Further interesting Parallels are there on the female aspect and its representation, the snakes, with Egypt, representations of Wadjet, as dual snake headed women which in turn is the later female aspect Medusa, the Minoan snake godess and Aztec Coatlicue.
The left figure from us is easily identified by most people as a figure. The right one is a figure to, with two snakes for a head.
We see the dual headed snake figure also in Egypt and behold, also holding snakes like Viracocha. There it is a representation of Wadjet. The female aspect of Duality.
Quite similar to Viracocha, yet the Egypt version is only the female aspect, while Viracocha is male and female combined. Now do you see the left figure on the Tiwanaku statue is this figure with two snakeheads?
Below the figure on the gate of the sun, Viracocha. He is a representation of male (sungod) and female (the snakes) in 1.
The Minoan snake godess is only female aspect of nature but in similar execution of overall ‘design’ .
It also shows on Isis on the Qetesh stele.
The lion below her as Leo is close to virgo, it links her to the Indian Durga, Brittania and other archetypes. (Shiva is male aspect) In modern times this translated to the red and blue Colour in occultism. Shiva and Durga are also seen as a combined God. Duality in 1, the universe. (Virgo/Leo and Otion/Taurus, sungod and moon, male and female etc)
Here below another Egyptian representation of Wadjet, the female aspect , compare it to the tiwanaku figure in the statues left hand. (right for you.) it’s the female aspect of the duality.
The dual snakes is the female aspect of nature.
It is important to understand that sometimes the female aspect is depicted as stand alone and sometimes male and female are in 1 image.
Examples of combined imagery, the two figures in tiwanaku statues hands, viracocha(male/sun) holding snakes (female/moon), young horus (male/sun) holding snakes (female/moon) and the sundisk with the two snakes.
Here below we see from the mochicha culture that predated chavin the disk of sun with the two snakes and priest on top. Again a duality, identical to the Egyptian sundisk in execution and concept.
Stand alone images of the female aspect are Wadjet in human form with two heads, Medusa, Coatlicue.
Now if we look back at the Mochicha culture we see this:
Or, at the Aztec calender stone…
The similarities are obvious. It’s the female aspect of nature.
Hindu godess Kali
So how can these cultures, Greek, mochicha, Aztec, Egyptian, Indian, that have nothing to do with each other come up with identical concepts?
Medusa was the crone stage of a triple moon godess. All that looked at her ‘turned to stone’ or, slept at night… Then she was ‘defeated’ by the sun solar hero Perseus. The Medusa type we see in many cultures exactly depicted the same.. WHY?
The easiest way out is to blame Jung archetypes.
Yet the visual execution is very similar in all these cultures. The fanged teeth, the tongue, the dual snake heads, the snakes for female aspect.
Shiva wearing the cobra like Egyptian pharaohs the uraeus.
Wadjet was depicted as a cobra. As patron and protector, later Wadjet often was shown coiled upon the head of Ra; in order to act as his protection, this image of her became the uraeus symbol used on the royal crowns as well.
Interesting.. The milky-way reference..
“An interpretation of the Milky Way was that it was the primal snake, Wadjet, the protector of Egypt. In this interpretation she was closely associated with Hathor and other early deities among the various aspects of the great mother goddess, including Mut and Naunet. The association with Hathor brought her son Horus into association also. The cult of Ra absorbed most of Horus’s traits and included the protective eye of Wadjet that had shown her association with Hathor.
When identified as the protector of Ra, who was also a sun deity associated with heat and fire, she was sometimes said to be able to send fire onto those who might attack, just as the cobra spits poison into the eyes of its enemies. In this role she was called the Lady of Flame.
As the patron goddess, she was associated with the land and depicted as a snake-headed woman or a snake—usually an Egyptian cobra, a venomous snake common to the region; sometimes she was depicted as a woman with two snake heads and, at other times, a snake with a woman’s head. Her oracle was in the renowned temple in Per-Wadjet that was dedicated to her worship and gave the city its name. This oracle may have been the source for the oracular tradition that spread to Greece from Egypt.
The Ancient Egyptian word Wadj signifies blue and green. It is also the name for the well-known Eye of the Moon. Indeed, in later times, she was often depicted simply as a woman with a snake’s head, or as a woman wearing the uraeus. The uraeus originally had been her body alone, which wrapped around or was coiled upon the head of the pharaoh or another deity.”
Orion, Shiva nataraja with the milky-way above his head.
As mentioned above, the sundisk with two snakes, is not just a random image. It’s not only a sundisk.
It is a representation of the combined dualistic nature of the universe in 1 image.
It is the same concept as Viracocha (sungod) holding two snakes or Horus on top of Wadjet in hatshepsut temple.
Wadjets head just has disapeared as can be seen from steles on same temple. The snake body next to the stairs is still to be seen.
We have seen snakes on balustrades before in other ‘unrelated’ cultures.
To conclude, identical representations of duality span global cultures.
They not only share concept but also execution and visual representations that can not be ignored any longer. The fact that the Tiwanaku culture has visual similarities and cultural duality concepts executed also in Egypt, like mentioned above is worthy of considering the possibilities of a shared ancestry or cultural global contact and exchange by a previous civilization.
The bird and snake, or Hero and snake, is in my opinion the duality represented, male and female, sky (father) and earth(mother), orion and virgo, adam and eve, Shiva and Durga, Garuda and snake symbolism, hero figthing snake etc etc. We also see this symbolism of duality on the mask of King Tut.
For further reading I recommend the article the universal religion.